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Stuck between the super-prestigious Lafitte-Rothschild and Cos d'Estournel, Lafon-Rochet is a reference in Saint-Estephe, producing great wines with an astonishing regularity. Saint-Estephe wines generally need to spend more time in the bottle to be ready to drink, which is why we have chosen this beautiful 2008. It shows delicious flavours of black currant, plum, spices and earth, with a touch of vanilla coming from oak barrels. A superb bottle - very Saint-Estephe - ready to drink now but will last over a decade in a proper cellar.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Lafon-Rochet
Classification: 4th Grand Cru Classé
Grape(s): 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Drink from now to 2026.
Decant it 4 hours before
Serve at 16-18°C.
Will be ideally paired with a slightly spicy dish, such as a Moroccan lamb couscous.
Soil: Gravel, clay and limestone
Age of vines: 37 years old on average
Size of vineyard: 45 hectares
Maturing: 14 months in French oak barrels (40% new)
|What experts say|
17. "Bright and dark. Aromas of oak and dark fruit well married. Rich and generous yet still fresh and finely structured. Juicy and fresh in the middle with nice density."
88. "A strong effort for this vintage, the 2008 exhibits a dark plum/purple color, plenty of firm, rugged, austere tannins, copious red and black fruits, admirable flavor intensity and medium body. Cellar it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 15 years."
88. "A direct red, with a firm edge to the beam of black cherry and black currant fruit. The light chalkiness edge lingers on the tobacco-tinged finish, though the plum fruit fleshes out enough for balance. Drink now through 2014."
2* (Remarkable wine). "This 2008 will not dampen the reputation of this Château. The intense nose is split between black fruit and spices. The same balance comes on the palate, with powerful tannins. This aromatic wine is complex. The long finish and wooden notes call for a bit of patience before enjoying it."